• Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker says he is generally supportive of a bill to lift the state’s moratorium on nuclear development, particularly if it means building out small, modular nuclear reactors. (Capitol News Illinois)
• Illinois is selected to participate in a multi-state collaborative of energy regulators exploring the future potential of nuclear generation. (Illinois Radio Network)

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OIL & GAS: The head of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association says he is unhappy with the current draft of a lease agreement allowing companies to drill in state parks under a new law, saying it still creates obstacles to development. (WCMH)

WIND: Wind energy development has brought in crucial revenue for local governments and landowners in Nebraska, though growing opposition threatens further expansion. (The Reader)

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Recent polling shows that most Americans aren’t ready to switch to an electric vehicle as high prices and a lack of charging infrastructure remain key obstacles. (Associated Press)

• Indiana officials hire a consultant to help the state avoid investing state pension funds in financial institutions with environmental, social, or governance goals. (Indiana Public Radio)
• The “ComEd Four” federal bribery trial is expected to resume today after a scheduling delay postponed proceedings yesterday. (Chicago Tribune)

• A Cleveland suburb votes to become a “SolSmart” community that will prioritize solar development to hit emission-reduction and clean energy targets. (
High upfront costs remain the biggest barrier to homeowners installing solar projects in states like Michigan. (Planet Detroit)

• The economic development subsidiary of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan formed a new consulting firm that can help other tribes form their own utilities, site power and work with non-tribal developers. (MiBiz)
• Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen issues a call for applications to fill a vacancy on the Nebraska Public Power District board. (KCAU)

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BIOENERGY: Iowa State University received nearly $20 million in funding from major fossil fuel companies from 2010-2020, which largely went back into developing renewable energy technologies. (Iowa State Daily)

COMMENTARY: Two Michigan lawmakers say nuclear power holds promise as a low-carbon fuel in Michigan’s generation portfolio. (Detroit Free Press)

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Andy compiles the Midwest Energy News digest and was a journalism fellow for Midwest Energy News from 2014-2020. He is managing editor of MiBiz in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and was formerly a reporter and editor at City Pulse, Lansing’s alternative newsweekly.